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2014 Nissan Versa Review

The Nissan Versa has a roomy interior and good cargo space, but it ranks at the back of its class due to its cheap-feeling materials, sluggish engine, and below-average safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin and cargo area
  • Excellent fuel economy with CVT
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Noisy, weak engine




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 7.6
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2014 Nissan Versa Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Versa a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Nissan Versa may be one of the least expensive used cars you can buy, but that’s not enough to make this subcompact car a good bet. Available in sedan and hatchback styles, the Versa has a noisy and weak engine, poor crash safety and reliability ratings, and a low-quality interior – even by economy car standards. There are better alternatives in this class, including the fun-to-drive Chevrolet Sonic and the well-trimmed Kia Rio.

Used 2014 Nissan Versa Performance and Interior

The Nissan Versa has a four-cylinder engine with 109 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a four-speed automatic and continuously variable automatic transmission are available. The Versa has just enough pep for city driving, but it feels lethargic on hills and when passing on the highway. The engine also buzzes loudly at high speeds and when accelerating, which can become annoying. The trade-off is high fuel economy; CVT-equipped models can hit 31 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, and the four- and five-speed transmissions enable around 26/35 mpg city/highway.

The Versa provides relatively smooth ride quality. Most bumps and dips in the pavement are muffled, though larger potholes can upset the suspension. It’s an easy car to drive and park – it’s just not all that fun. The steering feels light and responsive, and the turning radius is tight. The brakes offer sufficient stopping power, but the pedal feels mushy.

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The Nissan Versa seats five and features a very roomy interior. There’s ample head- and legroom in both rows, which is rarely the case in the subcompact car class. Even taller passengers can find a comfortable position in the back seat. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The Versa sedan offers a decent 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space. The Versa Note hatchback impresses with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space and an airy 38.3 cubic feet with its 60/40-split-folding rear seats lowered. The Note has a neat Divide-N-Hide adjustable cargo floor, which can be raised to create a flat load floor and a cubby for storing valuables, or lowered to form a deeper storage area.

Despite this generous interior space, the Versa’s cabin disappoints with an abundance of hard, cheap-looking plastics. In addition, all but the top trim levels are sparsely equipped. Nissan pairs base models with little more than a CD player, an AM/FM radio, and an auxiliary audio input. Available features include power doors and windows, Bluetooth, a USB input, satellite radio, and a 5.8-inch touch screen with navigation, hands-free text assist, NavTraffic, and NavWeather alerts. The NissanConnect infotainment system has a simple, user-friendly layout. The audio and climate controls are very easy to use as well.

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Used 2014 Nissan Versa Prices

The price of a used 2014 Nissan Versa sedan starts at around $8,600 for a base model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Versa?

The Nissan Versa has below-average reliability, earning a score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Versa?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Nissan Versa the highest rating of Good in four out of five areas tested and a Poor rating in the fifth – the small overlap front crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Versa four out of five stars for overall and rollover safety, as well as three stars for front crash safety. The Versa sedan received four stars in side impact safety, while the Versa Note hatchback earned five stars in the same evaluation.

The Versa sedan and Note hatchback are available with a rearview camera. Only the Note is available with a 360-degree-view camera.

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Should I Consider Another Used Versa?

The 2014 Nissan Versa marks the third model year of the vehicle’s second generation. Updates for 2014 included the debut of the Versa Note hatchback. It replaced the previous Versa hatchback generation, which was discontinued in 2013. The Versa sedan was unchanged, so you’ll likely find similarly equipped 2012 and 2013 sedan models at lower prices.

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Which Used Nissan Versa Is Right for Me?

Nissan offers the 2014 Versa in four trim levels: S, S Plus, SV, and SL. The base model Versa S has cloth upholstery, air conditioning, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, and an auxiliary audio input. The Versa S Plus adds a CVT and cruise control. The Versa SV adds power windows and remote keyless entry. The top-trim Versa SL adds a 4.3-inch display screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB input, and proximity keyless entry (plus a rearview camera and heated front seats in Note models). Available features include a 5.8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and a 360-degree-view monitor.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Versa. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2014 Nissan Versa and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Versa or 2014 Nissan Sentra?

The compact 2014 Nissan Sentra shares a number of qualities with the smaller Versa. Both have roomy interiors, high fuel economy, and easy-to-use infotainment features. However, both also offer miserly acceleration. The Sentra is available as a sedan only, which makes it less practical for hauling larger items than the Versa Note hatchback. Even so, the Sentra is the better used car pick, as it rates far higher in reliability.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Versa or 2014 Toyota Yaris?

The 2014 Toyota Yaris has even fewer frills than the Versa. You won’t find a touch screen, navigation system, rearview camera, or even heated seats. If you can look beyond its spartan features, however, you’ll find an excellent used car option. The Yaris rates much higher for reliability and offers lower projected ownership costs. The Toyota also has a more stylish interior. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Versa or 2014 Hyundai Accent?

The 2014 Hyundai Accent offers fewer features than the Versa, and its fuel economy trails the frugal Nissan by a few points (up to 27/37 mpg city/highway). However, the Hyundai’s refinement makes it the better buy. The Accent has stronger acceleration, a quality interior, a larger hatchback, and a higher reliability rating.

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